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Laguna Quilotoa

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Quilotoa Laguna and loop, must do in Ekvador

The Laguna is simply incredible if you have the luck to see it on a clear day. It is advisable to stay overnight to increase your chances. We arrived one day with cloudy weather... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Laguna is simply incredible if you have the luck to see it on a clear day. It is advisable to stay overnight to increase your chances. We arrived one day with cloudy weather, slept over in the village and woke up in the morning for beautiful views. Go down to the lake! It is a bit of a hike... More 

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ecuador is a Magic place. Every corner is magic :) Quilotoa is such an experience. You must visit this place and also visit the local artisans on your way yo the lake.

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Varazdin, Croatia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lago Quilotoa is another must see place in Ecuador. I did a daytrip there from Quito, but you can easily stay there overnight for as little as $5 a night. I wish I would have done that. It is an amazing place to such an extent that coming there enriches your trip to Ecuador greatly. The only thing to be... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's not often you get to walk over to and down into an extinct volcanic crater with a beautiful lake! About 2.5 - 3 hours trip from Quito, take a day trip over to this attraction and get some wonderful pictures! Cost to enter the town of "Quilotoa" was $4 - that is if you drive in separately. If you... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Quilotoa lake is is absolutely stunning, worth going, paddling and hiking up! The view is great. The only minus of our trip there was the mistake of contracting the tour with the Suchipakari tours - Santiago and Monica (Calle Venezuela close to Calle Mejia in Quito historical center). Despite paying a quite reasonable price (US$ 140 per person), they showed... More 

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Guayaquil, Ecuador
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

Super recommended! Be prepared to walk. When you go down to the lagoon is ok, but when you have to return you must be prepared to a hard hour. If you want you can rent a horse to go up for $10. It's a little spensive but is good for not prepared people. I think that quilotoa have one of... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

If I wanted to write a short story about this place I definitely could. We decided to hike the Quilatoa Loop beginning in Insinlivi to Chuchilan to Quilatoa. It was rather badly marked, but after getting lost each day along the way we made it. Once we arrived at the north part of Quilatoa Lagoon we stopped to take photos.... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

First I'd like to mention that our tour to Quilotoa was handled by Francisco Estrella, a free-lance tour guide who operates in Quito and Banos.He is an amazing young man who is very knowledgeable about the local people, and eco-systems. He speaks English well and is thoughtful and helpful. You can reach him at FC-Estella@hotmail.com. The trip from Banos to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

Definitely take the principle road down and go kayaking at the lake. It is also worth it to find the 'Shalala mirrador' for the best view.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

The Laguna is beautiful as long as you get there when the sky is relatively clear. If it's cloudy don't bother to go. The water in the laguna changes colour with the differing light on the laguna. To walk down to the waters edge takes 30 minutes and 1.5 hours to get back up. Unless you hire a donkey to... More 

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